A welcome start

PUBLISHED: 10:23 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

I READ with great interest the recent news that Richard Nightingale, (who like others threw his hat into the ring some three years ago) is now like others putting forward proposals for regenerating the Tropicana.

I READ with great interest the recent news that Richard Nightingale, (who like others threw his hat into the ring some three years ago) is now like others putting forward proposals for regenerating the Tropicana.

I personally sent last October every North Somerset and Weston councillor a copy of possible options and uses for the site - as well as in December an objective advertisement on how they could advertise the complex. I was informed discussions on how the site was to be marketed were in hand.

I have also investigated the possibility that some grant aid might be available if a charitable trust were to work alongside (or front) a development with public support.

If only 60 per cent of those 25,000 who supported the S.O.S. Tropicana petition were, for example to find £5 each, then £75,000 would be a welcome start to the Tropicana's regeneration.

Portishead has already started along this road with the support of North Somerset, I am glad to note.

My main concern over any future developments is the size of the publicised pools that other developers may have under consideration.

The Tropicana Regeneration and Development Association (TRADA) has always promoted utilising the existing water resources with planned development leading to an Olympic size pool with supporting leisure facilities. These development phases also gave continuous use of some water facilities while improvement work was in progress.

I believe as well, that working along these lines, it might not be necessary to subject to the European constraints that were a factor apparently in the exit of Henry Boot!

It would be interesting to know of any signatories to the petition (or anyone interested or would care to be involved) could indicate to me (by phone - 01934 621778 or letter) if they felt a public meeting would help move matters forward.

R L WHITTINGTON

Chairman TRADA

14 Waterloo Street, Weston, BS23 1LN

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